Panel Discussion on Iraq to Be Held at Yale

The Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations of Yale University announces the third in its series of discussions intended to broaden understanding of the current situation in Iraq on October 19, 8 p.m., in Room 102 Linsly-Chittenden Hall, 63 High Street.

James J. Silk, executive director of the Orville H. Schell, Jr. Center for International Human Rights and clinical lecturer in law, will speak on human rights implications of the Iraq war and occupation.

Benjamin R. Foster, the William M. Laffan Professor of Assyriology and curator of the Yale Babylonian Collection, and Karen Foster, lecturer in the departments of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations and History of Art, will speak on the wholesale destruction of ancient sites and monuments in Iraq over the past year. They will also summarize the results of the Istanbul Initiative, an international conference held in Turkey in June 2004 addressing the illicit international antiquities trade, in which goods stolen from Iraq now play a major role.

Catherine Sease, senior conservator, Peabody Museum, will discuss rebuilding the Iraq Museum, based on her State Department sponsored trip to Baghdad last year.

Eckart Frahm, assistant professor of Assyriology, and Kathryn Slanski, post-doctoral fellow in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, will present “A New Generation of Iraqi Scholars,” stemming from their work with Iraqi Assyriologists and archaeologists in the summer of 2004 in Amman, Jordan.

The panel, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by Bassam Frangieh, senior lector in Arabic.

For further information, contact Karen Foster, 203-284-9258 or

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